Maras: The Salt of the Andes.

Near the town of Maras, in Cuzco, Peru, at 3,300m above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, there is a place that has been a cultural emblem to more than 450 indigenous families for more than 600 years.

 

Salinera Maras consists of an accumulation of more than five thousand salt pools within the Andes Mountains where Indigenous workers harvest salt by hand between May and November. Although these salt workers and families depend on this to make a living, they find pride in continuing an ancient tradition that has been carried on for generations.

 

"Maras: The Salt of the Andes" aims to take you on a visual journey through the workers’ life. With personal photographs of their daily routines combined with studio style portraits, this project creates visual testament of a tradition that has continued to thrive since the Inca Empire. 

This is my most recent photography project. You are currently at part 1 of the project. I will be shooting part 2 during spring 2018, and also filming a 5-10 minute documentary about the Salt workers of the Peruvian Andes, which I'm actively looking for funding for the project.  

In a few words this project aims to document how is this group of humans adapting to our ever changing modern world, climate change and how do they keep this tradition alive which is deeply rooted to the Andean and Quechua culture.